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post #11 of 67 Old 03-23-2016, 08:27 AM
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Hi Zeidant2, welcome!!

I started having lessons at the age of 23 Started slowly, at weekends, only 30 minutes per class, and slowly progressed to 1 hour each lesson, as I got more confident. The thing I regret most is that I should have done more vaulting lessons, most of my first lessons were spent on a stubborn lazy horse by myself. I had good balance and posture, but there was always room for improvement imo. 8 years later I bought my own horse No, not late at all, enjoy!!
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post #12 of 67 Old 03-23-2016, 08:31 AM
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What everyone else said.

I'm 45 and although I did have horses in my youth, I'm not sure that helped any! I was one of these kids who was so horse crazy, my parents just gave in and bought me a horse that lived in our backyard. I had maybe a year of lessons every other week. I didn't have a clue what I was doing and learned the hard way. I had to sell my horse when I went off to university over 25 years ago. I studied for a LONG time, worked on building a career in a competitive field, had kids... a lot of time went by. My daughter started riding 6 years ago and last fall, I "bought her" a horse (well, a little for me too!) and started taking lessons again just a few weeks ago. I might as well be a total beginner.

When I had my horse as a teenager, I rode western and now I'm learning English. In the last 25 years, horsemanship has changed so dramatically that basically, nothing I knew then (and I knew very little) applies today. Except maybe grooming which hasn't changed much, but that's about it. Riding is different (esp. since I switched disciplines), feeding is different, turnout is different, hoof care is different, stabling is different. I honestly feel I had to approach the whole thing as a total beginner. But I'm loving every minute of it!

As an adult, you will learn faster and you're still young enough that your body is supple and fit (unlike us 40somethings!). I see too many kids starting very young, but not really showing a lot of improvement because they lack the fine motor skills and/or the motivation to really focus on horses. My daughter is one of those kids. She is involved in so many other things and doesn't want to just do horsey stuff. Which is fine - she should explore her interests at that age, but it means she is a bit scattered.

You will do fine, especially with two rides per week. Depending on your level of fitness, expect some soreness at first, just because you'll be working new muscles, but that should go away soon. Let us know how you're doing!
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post #13 of 67 Old 03-23-2016, 09:51 AM
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Gosh, I hope 23 isn't too old. I'm 51 and had my first lesson last week!
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post #14 of 67 Old 03-23-2016, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Ah! You guys are awesome! This makes me feel so much more ambitious!!! Thank you all for your feedback and encouragement ! So supportive :)


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post #15 of 67 Old 03-23-2016, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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23 is "later in life" now? When did that happen?!

I'm 33. I have been around horses consistently for the last six and a half years. I know more now, six and a half years into it, then my best friend who is 25 and been around horses since she was 12.

I think starting later (not when your a kid) helps you in the passion department. Kids tend to be fickle and lose interest quickly (not all, but a lot...my 12yo has the attention span of a gnat on crack). As an adult, you can focus and retain better. You also have a better-developed sense of self-preservation.
Ha! Gnat on crack! I have a four year old who I'm still on the fence about. He rode on an English saddle and surprisingly had good balance and responded very well to our instructor. He understood what she was saying. He left the stable begging to take the horse home and leave him in our living room. He was really excited. But I don't know if I am ready to let go of my fear of him landing on his spine/neck. The nurse in me isn't quite ready to let go of that fear--it just looked like any slight movement of Noah's shoulder, hip, or even head would make him slide right off.
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post #16 of 67 Old 03-23-2016, 10:36 AM
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Twenties too old? FYI, at the last barn I taught at my beginner students were all adults ranging in age from twenty two to sixty three and they all had good potential. Keep in mind that you are not in competition with anyone else. Some things will come easier to you than other things. It is that way with everyone. relax and have a great time.
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post #17 of 67 Old 03-23-2016, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Twenties too old? FYI, at the last barn I taught at my beginner students were all adults ranging in age from twenty two to sixty three and they all had good potential. Keep in mind that you are not in competition with anyone else. Some things will come easier to you than other things. It is that way with everyone. relax and have a great time.

I definitely have no dream of competing in the olympics. I do eventually, in due time, want to challenge myself and try jumping. I want to never stop learning and pushing myself to try new things. From lurking on forums alone, I've already so much.

My instructor has talked about eventually going for shows. Which made me look at her cross eyed for a bit. How can a beginner possibly be thinking of shows? Silly question--what exactly happens during shows ?
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post #18 of 67 Old 03-23-2016, 10:50 AM
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Shows are just that. They are to show off your ability and your horse's training.

I'm still a beginner in terms of riding, but I plan to start showing next month (was supposed to be this month, but life got in the way). Maybe not under saddle quite yet (my gelding is as green as I am), but we can show in halter (which shows off a horse's conformation) and in-hand trail (a series of obstacles in an arena as one might find on a trail...i.e.-a bridge, opening a gate, maneuvering through ground poles in a set pattern, etc).

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post #19 of 67 Old 03-23-2016, 12:07 PM
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Wow, 23 is not too old for anything. That is barely getting started with adulthood. There are many (ahem) here who are 60+. I can tell you that I started Tae Kwon Do at age 40 and earned two black belts along the way and didn't consider myself to old to learn this. Don't let your head tell you your age. If you get in physical shape and practice you can learn anything at any age. Maybe not qualify for the Olympics, but desire and practice is what determines how well you learn, even if you have physical barriers.

I hope there is no one telling you that only teens learn to ride.
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post #20 of 67 Old 03-23-2016, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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So eager to share my journey with you guys ! I'm sure I'll get tons of support and help utilizing this site !
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